See Benedict Cumberbatch in 1st pic of Gaiman’s Neverwhere cast

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Feb 21, 2013, 11:15 AM EST

In what will make fantasy and Neil Gaiman fans everywhere happy, we have the first official pic of the extremely star-studded ensemble cast of Gaiman’s Neverwhere.

Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock, Start Trek Into Darkness, The Hobbit), James McAvoy (X-Men: First Class, the upcoming X-Men: Days of Future Past), Natalie Dormer (The Tudors, The Fades, Game of Thrones), Sophie Okonedo (Doctor Who) and David Harewood (Homeland) will take on Gaiman’s tale of London Below, which is an alternate reality beneath the capital. In the story, famous landmarks take on a life of their own.

But not every glorious cast member is in this pic.

The awesome-and-we-don't-need-to-tell-you-who-he-is Christopher Lee and the wonderful Bernard Cribbins (Doctor Who) also star in this adaptation, which is being called an “audio film.”

And therein lie the itsy-bitsy, teeny-weeny, tiny catch.

Neverwhere is an audio play in six parts that will begin with an hourlong episode on Saturday, March 16, on Radio 4 at 6PM in the U.K. Subsequent installments will be 30 minutes long and will be spread across the week on Radio 4 Extra starting March 18.

But never mind that Neil Gaiman’s star-studded Neverwhere will be an "audio film." With a cast as fantastic and hugely talented as this, we’re certain that it’ll be a hit for fantasy fans everywhere.

We're pretty excited about it.

(via RadioTimes and Tumblr)